How To Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

Learn how to easily create and insert tables into your WordPress posts and pages with no coding skills required …

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress

Being able to easily add tables on your pages can be really handy. Tables help you sort and present data to visitors in a format that can make your information easier to understand.

WordPress offers a feature-rich visual editor, but there are some things that it doesn’t let you do by default, like being able to easily create tables.

Although you can add tables manually to your content in WordPress if you know HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), for many non-technical WordPress users, this is simply not a practical option.

Fortunately, WordPress plugins give users almost unlimited expansion capabilities, and adding tables to your content with the click of a mouse is no exception.

In this step-by-step tutorial you will learn how to easily create and add tables into your posts and pages with no coding skills required.

Creating And Adding Tables Into Your Content Easily With WordPress

To create and add tables into your WordPress content with no coding skills required, we’ll use a FREE WordPress plugin called TablePress.

WordPress Plugin – TablePress

How To Add Tables In WordPress Easily Without Coding Skills

TablePress is a great plugin that makes creating, editing and managing tables in your WordPress posts and pages simple and easy.

TablePress does not require you to have any knowledge or skills coding HTML, CSS, etc. The plugin lets you easily edit your table data. You can add any type of data to tables.

An additional JavaScript library can be used to add features like pagination, sorting, filtering, and more for site users. You can include the tables into your posts and pages using shortcodes and display tables inside text widgets.

Tables can also be imported and exported from/to CSV files (e.g. from Excel), HTML files, and JSON.

The plugin was written and developed by Tobias Bäthge and is licensed as Free Software under GNU General Public License 2 (GPL 2).

How To Use TablePress – Tutorial

To create and add tables to WordPress posts and pages, install and activate the TablePress plugin.

You can download the plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it from within your WordPress Dashboard …

How To Create And Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages Easily With No Coding Skills Required

After installing and activating the plugin, you will see a new menu item added to your admin menu called TablePress

How To Insert Tables Into Posts And Pages In WordPress

Click on TablePress and choose Plugin Options from the list of submenus …

How To Create And Add Tables In Posts And Pages With WordPress

The “Plugin Options” section controls your plugin styling and display settings …

How To Create And Add Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

For example, in the “User Options” section, you can specify where the TablePress menu entry appears on your WP admin menu.

Normally, the menu entry appears somewhere in the middle of your menu bar. If you plan to use this plugin often, then you can position the menu option close to the top of the menu by selecting “Top-level (middle)” in the User Options > Admin menu entry dropdown menu …

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The TablePress menu entry will now appear towards the top section of the admin menu …

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You can also play with other plugin options in the “Plugin Options” tab, such as table formatting styles, default language, etc. Leave these options as they are if you don’t need to change things in this section.

With TablePress, tables are created and edited within the plugin area. Tables are then inserted via a shortcode into your pages. Your table will then display or update after your content is published or updated.

The great thing about doing this is that you can easily update the information in your tables without having to manually edit your posts. TablePress then updates all of your table information everywhere where the table has been added to your content.

To add a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Your Content

Enter the name, an optional description, and the number of rows and columns you want for your new table into the “Add New Table” form in the Add New tab, and click on the Add Table button to create your new table. You can edit the name, description and size of your table at anytime…

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Once the new table has been created, it will be added to the “All Tables” list and be assigned a unique Shortcode ID …

How To Easily Add Tables In Your Content With No Coding Skills Required

The TablePress shortcode lets you easily insert tables anywhere inside a post or page by simply typing or copying and pasting the shortcode wherever you want your tables to display …

How To Easily Create And Insert Tables Into WordPress Pages And Posts

Once you have created a new table, adding content to your table is very easy.

In the “Table Content” section, just click in the cell and type or paste your content. You can add text, images and format your content (e.g. bold or italicize words, insert hyperlinks, etc …)

Adding Tables In Posts And Pages With WordPress

After your new table has been created, displays a number of additional options that will allow you to configure your table.

For example, in the “Table Options” area you can specify the first row of your table to be the table header or the last row of the table to be the table footer, make the background of consecutive rows alternate in color, highlight rows when visitors hover their mouse over the table, print the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

How To Add Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

You can also edit your table content after it has been created in the “Table Manipulation” section. You can perform various table operations, like adding images or links, hiding, showing, inserting, deleting and duplicating selected columns and rows, adding new columns and rows, combining cells, etc …

Adding Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

You can also enable JavaScript library features in your tables that will allow visitors to sort, filter and search your table content, change the number of table rows showing on your pages (and let users change the number of rows displayed), display table information, etc …

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Your Content With WordPress

You can preview your table anytime, by clicking on the Preview button …

How To Insert Tables Into WordPress Posts And Pages Easily

A preview window will open displaying the table. Certain features like JavaScript options are disabled in preview mode, but will display once your table is published …

How To Add Tables In WordPress  Without Touching Code

Click the Save Changes button when finished to update your table data …

How To Easily Add Tables To Your Content Without Touching Code

Once you have created one or more tables, you can view a list of all your tables by going to TablePress > All Tables

How To Add Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

All your tables are listed here. You can edit, see shortcodes, copy, export, delete and preview tables …

How To Create And Add Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts Easily Without Touching Code

Using The TablePress Shortcode

You insert a table inside pages and posts with the TablePress shortcode.

Click on the Show Shortcode menu item under your table title to get the shortcode …

How To Insert Tables Into Pages And Posts In WordPress

The plugin also adds a shortcode menu icon to your WordPress editor. This allows you to easily insert tables into your posts and pages while working on your content.

Place your mouse cursor where you want your table to be embedded then click the TablePress menu icon …

How To Create And Add Tables  With WordPress

TablePress Menu Icon In Visual Editor Screen

Note: You can also add a table when working inside the “Text” area of the editor …

How To Add Tables Into WordPress  With No Coding Skills Required

TablePress Menu Icon In Text Editor Screen

Clicking on the menu icon displays a list of your tables.

Select the table you want to insert into your content and click Insert Shortcode

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Your TablePress shortcode will be added to your content …

Adding Tables  With WordPress

Publish the post or page to display your table …

How To Add Tables In WordPress

As stated earlier, one of the great things about this plugin is that you can edit data after publishing the table without having to open your post or page. Just tweak the content in the plugin area, then save your new table settings and refresh your content to view the updated information.

Another great time-saving feature of the TablePress plugin, is that if you plan to keep adding data to an existing table, you can simply export your current table, then add new information, make changes, etc. You can then re-import your exported file with the news changes and your table content will be automatically updated throughout your site.

To export a table, select TablePress > Export a Table in your main menu …

Adding Tables In WordPress Content

In the “Export Tables” section, choose the table(s) to export (you can select multiple tables by holding down the “Ctrl” key), then select the Export Format you want(e.g. CSV) and any other export options you’d like to make and click on the Export Table button to download the file to your hard drive …

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Pages And Posts With WordPress

After editing and resaving your file, you can then easily reimport the table into WordPress.

To import a table, select TablePress > Import a Table

How To Easily Insert Tables Into Your Content With No Coding Skills Required

TablePress can import tables from existing data, such as CSV file data, from a spreadsheet application, an HTML file, or its own format.

To import a table, select and enter the import source in the “Import Tables” area. You can also import multiple tables from a compressed (ZIP) file and choose whether to import a table as a new table or write over an existing table.

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To learn more about using TablePress, including where to access documentation about extra features, or get plugin support, contact the plugin developer, etc., click on the “About Tab” in the plugin admin section, or select TablePress > About TablePress

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Your Content With WordPress

As you can see, TablePress is an extremely powerful and feature-rich free plugin will help you easily create and add tables into your WordPress posts and pages.

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